Sunday Supper – Slow Cooker Cooking, Can You Take the Heat?

Sunday Supper – Slow Cooker Cooking, Can You Take the Heat?

When I was growing up, my mother use to make a dinner for us to eat shortly after church.  Outside of Saturday and Sunday,  we had dinner by six pm.  The only reason why I threw Saturday in there is that, by the time I was a teenager, I was too busy socializing to know when people ate. Quite a few times, my mother would use her slow cooker to make the meals.  Stews and shredded BBQ beef were among the dinners that she put together.  It was so nice…

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Turkey Tuesday – When One Good Thing Leads to Another

Turkey Tuesday – When One Good Thing Leads to Another

Almost a year ago, one of my daughters wanted to hatch eggs for a science project.  We created a homemade hatchery (see http://hudsonvalleyhandymom.com/?p=471 for more details).  At the time the experiment was done, I had no idea what it would later lead to: This is the result of the three hens I was able to keep.  That’s right…THREE!!!  Who would’ve thought they’d lay daily eggs?  When I chose the breed of chickens, I had read that they COULD lay up to one egg a day, but I cook so much that…

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Steak – When Beef is What’s for Dinner

Steak – When Beef is What’s for Dinner

Ah, summer….where grills are fired up and the smell of burgers across the nation remind us of peaceful, warm days and time with our friends and family.  But, maybe you swore off beef because you thought it was so bad for you.  Perhaps, your life is about to change.  Why?  Beef has more benefits than you know:  http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/health.aspx Everything in moderation! How can you resist a dish like this? The dog days of summer come along and remind us that our days of basking in the sun are numbered.  Although…

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Super Easy Goya Recipes

Super Easy Goya Recipes

Trying to work around a family with different dietary needs can be difficult.  Whenever I find a recipe that the kids enjoy, I know it’s a keeper…especially when one won’t eat meat. When I came across Goya’s recipe for Black Bean Quesadillas, it looked like something my family might enjoy.  I decided to use a corn/flour tortilla combination for this recipe.  I couldn’t locate Pico de Gallo, so I substituted salsa by draining it.  I reserved the salsa liquid for anyone who wanted to dip the quesadilla into it. I…

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes

I was raised in a family of crab lovers.  As a child, my grandmother introduced me to crabbing and enjoying steamed blue crabs.  She lived near Baltimore, Maryland at the time, and the competition was fierce for the best crab cakes. When I became a teenager and lived in Virginia Beach, she would take us crabbing.  We had various crab traps and tied chicken onto the traps in order to catch crabs off the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier.  We spent hours there checking those traps.  I enjoyed that time at the…

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Happy Father’s Day – The Letter My Dad Requested

Happy Father’s Day – The Letter My Dad Requested

My father’s high school photo. It’s funny how you can grow up in your family unit and never realize that your parents are actually human beings who had a life before you existed. This whole thought struck me when one of my daughters said to me, “I don’t really know anything about you even though I’ve known you my whole life.” It’s not as though any of us try to keep our “previous” lives a secret from our children. We just become Mom and Dad and that’s what our children…

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Happy Mother’s Day – to my Mom

Happy Mother’s Day – to my Mom

My mother holding me June 1970.  Does she even look like she had a kid my size? I grew up well.  When I say that, I just knew how fortunate I was in comparison to other people.  I had two intelligent parents, a large home, and never really needed anything.  Don’t confuse that with being spoiled because I’m sure all of my sisters would agree with me that we weren’t spoiled.  We were taken care of properly, but nothing was overdone or over excessive.  I believe that was a good…

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Blonde and Red Hair – Double the Fun!

Blonde and Red Hair – Double the Fun!

My daughter, Christina, is an artist. With that, I guess I expect her to come home with rainbow colored hair and to veer off from the “norm” of every day plain and simple when it comes to appearance. She wanted to do something different with her hair and has naturally colored auburn hair. She had an idea to do some sort of two toned hair with blonde in the front, and red in the back. I’m not a hairdresser, but I do love to save money, and I was interested…

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Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

When I tell people I live in New York, an automatic assumption seems to be that I live in New York City. Thoughts of large buildings and the hustle and bustle of city life seem to step into the minds of those who ask. I often have to explain that I’m NORTH of New York City, but not in it. My children watch horses while they wait for the school bus, and, on many occasion, we’ve stepped out into our yard to find we were entertaining guests that consisted of…

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Gaudy Chicken Lamp – From Old to New

Gaudy Chicken Lamp – From Old to New

My husband laughed as he steered me toward a hideous chicken lamp at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  He knows I love chickens, so the peeling silver chicken sitting on an old sugar bucket struck him as amusing.  He was correct.  I thought it was tacky myself, but I couldn’t resist the idea of possibly making it look a little better to put a little fun into our house. He laughed as he took it to the counter and asked, “How much will you pay me to take this away?”…

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